Dr. Diery Seck, Director

Dr. Diery Seck has been Director of the Center for Research on Political Economy (CREPOL) since January 2009. From March 2002 to December 2008, he was Director of the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) in Dakar, Senegal. IDEP is an academic institution that trains African economic policymakers, conducts policy-relevant research and advises African governments and regional organizations. Previously he served as Executive Director of the Secretariat for Institutional Support for Economic Research in Africa (SISERA) of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Before returning to Africa in 1995, he was Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Windsor in Canada, and later Economist at the World Bank in Washington D.C.

He specializes in financial economics and modelling of economic development issues. He earned a M.SC at the University of Sherbrooke, Canada, and a Ph.D. at Laval University, Canada. He is a citizen of Senegal. Dr. Seck has authored several articles in academic journals and chapters in books on finance and development economics. He has also co-edited books in African finance and policy-relevant economics. For eight years he was co-editor of the Journal of African Finance and Economic Development (the previous name of the Journal of African Development).

He is a member of the Warwick Commission on Reforming the International Financial System. He has authored feature articles in the books of the G20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro, in November 2008, and the G8 Summit in L’Aquila, in July 2009. He has served as an expert for the African Union, several African Regional Economic Communities, African governments and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa on issues of economic policy and sustainable development.

He has been a Board Member of UNESCO’s International Institute for Education Planning, 2006-2009. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of African Development of AFEA and of the Editorial Board of Global Governance of the University of Warwick, U.K. He is the current President-Elect of the African Finance and Economic Association (AFEA), a US-based academic organization.

Following is a brief summary of his latest publications:

  • Books “Back on Track: Sector-Led Economic Growth in Africa”, Co-edited by Sylvain Boko, Africa World Press,
  • Forthcoming in 2009 “Growth and Development in Africa”, Co-edited by Dipo Busari, Africa World Press,
  • 2009 “NEPAD and Economic Policymaking in Africa”, Co-edited by Sylvain Boko, Africa World Press,
  • 2008 “Fixing African Economies: Policy Research for Development”, Co-edited by L. Philips, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2004 Articles - “The Development Finance Architecture of Sub-Saharan Africa: A Policy Paper”, in Global Financial Crises: National Economic Solutions, Geopolitical Impact, edited by Paolo Savona, John J. Kirton, and Chiara Oldani, Ashgate Publishing Company, Forthcoming.
  • “A Global Theory of Very Long Term Economic Development” in Back on Track: Sector-Led Economic Growth in Africa, edited by D. Seck and S. Boko, Africa World Press, USA, Forthcoming.
  • “An Economic Theory of Civil War in Africa” in Growth and Economic Development in Africa, edited by D. Seck and D. Busari, Africa World Press, USA, January 2009.
  • “On the Design of a New Mechanism for Africa’s External Debt” in NEPAD and the Future of Economic Policy in Africa, edited by S. Boko and D. Seck, Africa World Press, pp. 348-382, November 2007.
  • “An Analytical Framework for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)”, Journal of African Development, Spring 2007, Vol.1 #1, pp.106-134.
Franklyn Lisk: Senior: Research Associate

Dr. Franklyn Lisk is currently a visiting Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick, UK, where he is involved in research on innovations in global health governance and socio-economic policy issues pertaining to impact of globalisation and the attainment of sustainable development. He is also a founding and active member of the Sub-Saharan Africa Research Network at the Institute of Advanced Study at Warwick University, and contributes to the teaching on development policy and planning at the Institute of Governance and Public Management at the Warwick Business School.

He was a Professor at the African Centre for HIV/AIDS Management at Stellenbosch University in South Africa from May 2005 to December 2006, where he developed modules on the socio-economic impact and labour market implications of HIV/AIDS for the post-graduate diploma and Masters programmes. Before that, Dr. Lisk was at the International Labour Office (ILO), from 1974 until 2005, where he held various positions including Research Economist and Senior Economist in the Employment Policy and Planning Department, Geneva; Adviser on Employment and Development Planning, Caribbean Regional Office, Port of Spain; Head of Enterprise and Management Development, Geneva; Deputy Regional Director, Africa Regional Office, Abidjan; Director of ILO Liaison Office in New York and ILO Representative to the United Nations, New York; and Foundation Director of the ILO Global Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work, Geneva.

He was also the ILO global coordinator in the Committee of Co-sponsoring Organisation (CCO) of UNAIDS and represented the CCO on the executive board of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Before joining the ILO, he was a lecturer in Economics at Aston University, UK. Dr. Lisk, who originates from Sierra Leone and also a Swiss national, studied in the UK and holds a BA Economics (Durham), M.Sc Economics (Queen’s Belfast) and PhD Development Economics (Birmingham) degrees. As an independent consultant, Dr. Lisk has undertaken assignments for UNDP, World Bank, ILO, European Commission, African Union, DFID involving research and provision of technical advisory services on poverty reduction and sustainable development strategies and policies; governance and management of HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases; globalization and global public policy.

He was appointed Adviser (honorary) to National AIDS Secretariat, Sierra Leone in December 2007 by H.E. President Ernest Koroma. He is the author of books, monographs and articles on employment and labour market policies, global health issues, HIV/AIDS response, development and poverty reduction strategies, and globalization and global governance issues – a selection of which is provided below.

Selected Publications Books (2009) Global Institutions and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic:

  • Responding to an international crisis Routledge ( Routledge) (2009) “The private sector and Governance of HIV/AIDS” in S. Harman and F. Lisk (eds.),
  • Governance of HIV/AIDS: Making Particpation and Accountability count, (Routledge ) (2006) HIV/AIDS and work in a globalizing world.
  • Geneva: ILO, Geneva (Co-editor and contributor) Book Chapters (2008) “Towards a new architecture of global governance for responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic” in A.
  • Cooper, et al (eds) Governance and Diplomacy: Worlds Apart? (Palgrave Macmillan) (2007) With Desmond Cohen (2007).
  • “Regional responses to HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa: A global public goods approach” in Poku, et al.(eds.) AIDS and Governance.
  • (Ashgate ) Articles and Conference/Research Papers (2007) “A rights-based approach to addressing HIV/AIDS in the Workplace: The role and contribution of the ILO and its Tripartite Constituents”, Law, Social Justice and Global Development, 2007(1)
  • (2007) Governance of HIV/AIDS Responses: Issues and Outlook, UNDP,
  • New York (Main author) (2007) “Global Governance and HIV/AIDS Responses” , UNDP/CSGR University of Warwick Working Paper 1,
  • New York, UNDP, March 2007 (2007) “National Governance and HIV/AIDS Responses”, UNDP/CSGR University of Warwick Working Paper 2,
  • New York. UNDP, May 2007 (2006) “Poverty diagnostics: Responding to the challenges of Poverty and HIV/AIDS in Zambia”, Working Paper, UNDP,
  • Lusaka (2006) “Integrating HIV/AIDS into PRSP in Malawi”, Working Paper, UNDP,
  • Lilongwe: and World Bank (1979) “Indicators for basic needs oriented development planning: Concepts and examples”,
  • Labour and Society, (July), Vol.4 No. 3
Claude D’Almeida: Research Associate

Mr. Claude d’Almeida specializes in Central Bank analyses and operations related to balance of payments, foreign exchange regulation and monetary policy.

He served as a Balance of Payments Statistician at the Banque Centrale des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO), an Inspector/Auditor at the Commission Bancaire de l’Union Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UMOA, the Director of EQUIPBAIL, a leasing company, and the Managing Director of SONAPRA, a State-owned company in charge of commercializing Benin’s cotton production. Since 1999, he has served as a consultant for governments, international organizations, banking groups and private firms in West and Central Africa.

Since 2001, he has been the Director General of Consultancy firms CDAL-CONSULTANTS & X-FINANCE. He earned a Maîtrise es Sciences Economiques and a Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures de Spécialité Bancaire from Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar.

He also obtained a Diplôme de Techniques Bancaires at the BCEAO training institute in Dakar. He is a citizen of Benin.

Recent publications:

  • Le devenir du franc CFA, éditions Perspectives africaines, 1999.
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